Resisting Arrest in Arizona

Learn how Arizona treats resisting arrest charges.


Being arrested is not a fun experience, and it can be a natural reaction to resist confinement. However, resisting arrest can range from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony, depending on the amount of resistance involved.

Resisting Arrest Statutes in Arizona

A.R.S. 13-2508 states that a person is guilty of resisting arrest in Arizona if that person:

  1. Uses or threatens the use of physical force against a police officer.
  2. Uses other means to create a substantial risk of causing injury to a police officer.
  3. Engages in passive resistance.

Punishments for Resisting Arrest in Arizona

A person who violates paragraphs 1 or 2 of this section is guilty of a class 6 felony. A person who violates paragraph 3 of this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

A class 6 felony conviction comes with a 6-18 month prison sentence and a class 1 misdemeanor conviction comes with a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.

The actual punishment you may receive for a resisting arrest conviction depends on the severity of the circumstances, and other factors that are involved in your case, such as additional charges. To learn exactly which punishments you may be facing, we invite you to schedule your free case review today.

Call (480) 467-4370 for your free review with one of our defense attorneys.


Get Help With Your Resisting Arrest Charge

A resisting arrest charge is a crime that is tacked onto whatever crime you were originally arrested for. If you’re facing a resisting arrest charge in addition to another criminal charge, it would be in your best interest to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney from JacksonWhite.

To schedule a FREE consultation with our criminal law team call (480) 467-4370. Our team can assess your case during a free, hour-long consultation at one of his eight offices located throughout the Phoenix Valley.

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